There’s no politics in baseball

At least there shouldn’t be. But the geniuses within MLB’s promotions office don’t agree, setting aside June 14 to commemorate Ronald Reagan‘s 100th birthday at various ballparks around the league. The Braves will mark the occasion thusly:

    President Reagan’s favorite treat, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, will be given away to the first 10,000 fans to attend the game;

Aim for Selig's head!10,000 fans at the game;

    Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Centennial Celebration, will serve as Honorary Team Captain;
    National country artist Tim Dugger, member of the Reagan Centennial National Youth Committee, will sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch;
    A Major League Baseball Video Tribute to Ronald Reagan will be shown; BravesVision will show Reagan trivia between innings.

How ’bout Braves Vision feature baseball trivia! I go to Turner Field to be distracted from life’s various irritants, not reminded of them. Please tell me Blockhead Hannity won’t be throwing out the first pitch.

What exactly is the point, injecting a divisive figure into a nonpartisan gathering? I suspect the event will attract as many fans as it repels. And before conservatives throw a fit, I’d be just as opposed to a day honoring JFK.

Can’t wait for Glenn Beck bobblehead night.

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10 Comments on There’s no politics in baseball

  1. Why are we celebrating the 100th birthday of a dead man period?

  2. charlesad // June 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm //

    Is this a desperate MLB ploy to boost attendance? I can’t recall an elaborate, game-long celebration of a political figure at a ballpark.

  3. PepeFreeUs // June 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm //

    Come dressed as Roberto D’Aubuisson and get in free!

  4. Jack Straw // June 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm //

    I agree. And let’s stop naming every bridge, tunnel, overpass, and littered stretch of two-lane blacktop after greasy politicians.

  5. Tokyokie // June 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm //

    charlesad, I was planning to, but I can’t find my mirrored aviator glasses.

  6. Viva Rufino Linares! // June 9, 2011 at 7:16 am //

    I just don’t understand this promotion. No reason for it.

  7. the real big cat // June 9, 2011 at 7:20 am //

    must be a precursor to a league-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of grover cleveland alexander’s major league debut.

  8. charlesad // June 9, 2011 at 10:13 am //

    Will Otis Nixon and Claudell Washington be there?

  9. the real big cat // June 10, 2011 at 7:31 am //

    gary carter and homer bush?

  10. Perhaps they’ll call up prospect J.J. Hoover to pitch.

    And Rita Coolidge can sing the anthem. Heeeeey!

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